“The world I was trying to show was one where I would have felt right, where people would be nice, where I would find the kindness I was seeking. My photos were a kind of proof that such a world could exist...”
Born in Adelaide, Australia, Shelby is a documentary and street photographer based in Bristol.
Shelby fell in love with the power of photography when she was given her first camera at 9 years old, a Kodak disc camera.
She studied photography and photographic practices at every opportunity and went on to gain a BA(Hons) in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales College, Newport where she spent time exploring ideas of lost childhood and loneliness and the notion of the family. She was awarded 4th in the Ian Parry Award in 2004 for the series of work that she made in America titled “Baby Doll” about child beauty pageants, one of the images from this series was also included in The Telegraph’s Travel Photographer of the year exhibition in 2004.
Shelby is returning to her career after taking time out to raise a family and is currently working on two long term projects about loneliness and identity and running street photography workshops as part of the AirBnB experiences.
"A thing that you see in my pictures, is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people"
*'What w' like', The Kube Gallery, virtual exhibition, 2021 (group) - https://thekubegallery.com/wwl
*RPS Hundred Heroines, Representation on the Line: (Un)Framing our Identities iii, Hive, Blackpool, 2019 (group)
*Martin Parr and Matt Stuart, Carnival Pop Up, Arnolfini, Bristol, 2019 (group)
*RPS Hundred Heroines, Representation on the Line: (Un)Framing our Identities ii, The RPS Heroines Hub, London, SW3, 2019 (group)
*Photography on a Postcard, The PrintSpace, Kingsland Road, London, 2017 (group)
*The Locals, Acapella cafe and pizzeria, Totterdown, Bristol, 2014 (solo)
*The Kiss, Acapella cafe and pizzeria, Totterdown, Bristol, 2013 (solo)
*100 years of photography at Newport, The Wall Gallery, Newport, 2012 (group)
*Telegraph Travel Photographer of the Year, Olympia, London, 2005
* Sunday Times Ian Parry Award, Tom Blau Gallery, London 2004
* Piccolo Tour Al Giardino dei Semplici, Florence, Italy 2004 (group)
* Free Range Degree Show, Hanbury Gallery, London 2004 (group)
* Newport Degree Show, Newport 2004 (group)
* HNC Show, Filton College, Bristol 2001 (group)
* Does Your Mother Know?, Architecture Centre, Bristol 2000 (solo)
* BA(hons) Documentary Photography, University of Wales, Newport
* HNC Applied Arts (Photography), Filton College, Bristol 2001
Studied with Martino Marangoni at Studio Marangoni, Florence 2004
Finalist Ian Parry Award 2004
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13th November 2019 - "Finding the humanity" Interview with Hannah Rooke for Wex Photo and Video - https://www.wexphotovideo.com/blog/interviews/finding-the-humanity--an-interview-with-shelby-alexander/
7th Jan 2020 - "The new kings and queens of England" Article for Bristol365.com - https://365bristol.com/story/2020/01/07/the-new-kings-and-queens-of-england-an-in-depth-look-at-bristol’s-drag-scene/10202/
30th September 2018 - More than 35,000 Elvis impersonators descend on Porthcawl - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6224535/More-35-000-Elvis-impersonators-descend-Porthcawl-pay-homage-King.html